April 20, 2015

Hello! With Berkeley’s next City Council meeting on April 28th, I wanted to give you a quick heads up about a few things on the agenda for discussion: Council will be reviewing funding allocations for community agencies, debating a citywide solar goal to reach by 2030, participatory budgeting, discussing updated operating standards for group living accommodations, and considering a city density bonus to bolster affordable housing in Berkeley. The full agenda is available here, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you want to formally comment on any agenda item, you can submit comments to the City Clerk at clerk@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Online Survey and Workshops for Tuolomne Camp Family Plan

As the City of Berkeley begins developing a plan to rebuild Berkeley Tuolomne Camp, the community is invited to attend one of a series of workshops and complete an online survey. The three-month public process will provide critical input on the camp's future and shape the "draft concept design," which will be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service for environmental and other reviews. The workshops will provide opportunities to see initial concept drawings of the camp, contribute ideas, and gain an understanding of the design and planning processes.

Berkeley Public Schools Gardening Program 2nd Annual Gala

Join the Berkeley Public School Garden and Cooking Program for their 2nd Annual Gala.  This is a great opportunity to support Berkeley’s garden-based education, dedicated school communities, and vibrant students and educators. All proceeds go to the BUSD Gardening and Cooking Program.http://bpt.me/1071738

When: Friday, May 1st6-9pm, Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Berkeley

Bikes in Berkeley Fiesta de la Tierra 2015

Mark your calendar and join us for this 3rd annual Bikes in Berkeley Fiesta de la Tierra! This festival is a project of the Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Berkeley Task Force in partnership with Berkeley Unified School District. This day of bicycle celebration and education, will prepare families for Bike to School and Work Day and bring the community together on bikes in honor of the Earth.

When: Sunday, April 2612-4pm. Visit Bikes in Berkeley Fiesta de la Tierra for more information.

Office hours

My next office hours will be on May 7th (the first Thursday of the month) from 9:30am to 11am at Cafe Espresso Roma, 2960 College Ave, Berkeley. No appointments necessary.

Commissioner Spotlight

I’m happy to introduce Kate Gordon as my recent appointee to the Housing Advisory Commission. Kate is is a Cal Alumni and lives in District 8 with her husband and two children.

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years, and is regarded as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement. She has focused on issues related to clean energy manufacturing, regional economic development in clean energy sectors, and American competitiveness. Most recently, Kate led the Energy & Climate team at Next Generation, developing policies and communications strategies to combat climate change and move the U.S. to a clean energy economy. She founded and currently serves as Senior Adviser to the Risky Business Project, an initiative to quantify and publicize the economic risks of climate change that is co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer. Kate is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Kate has worked on a variety of energy and economic issues here in California, and currently serves on the state's Citizen Oversight Board for Proposition 39 (the California Clean Energy Jobs Act), which directs more than $2.5 billion in funds to energy efficiency and modernization projects in public schools. She earned a J.D. and master's degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and she received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.



Lori Droste


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